2007 CAFA Awards

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Achievement Award - Professor Tony Chan

Tony Chan¡¦s scientific background is in mathematics, computer science and engineering. He received his BS and MS degrees (in engineering) from CalTech and his PhD (in computer science) from Stanford University, worked at CalTech (Applied Math) as a Research Fellow, and taught at Yale (Computer Science) before joining the UCLA faculty in 1986 as Professor of Mathematics. He became Chair of the Department of Mathematics in 1997. Currently, he also holds honorary joint appointments with the BioEngineering Department and the Computer Science Department at UCLA.

He was one of the principal investigators who made the successful proposal to NSF to form the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA, with a vision to promote collaborations between the mathematical sciences with the general scientific and engineering disciplines. He served as IPAM¡¦s Director from 2000-2001. From July 2001 to June 2006, he served as Dean of Physical Sciences at UCLA, overseeing a Division with over 200 faculty FTEs, 700 graduate students, 700 undergraduate majors and $70M annual federal research support. Since October 2006, he has been on temporary leave from UCLA to serve as Assistant Director of the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation. The MPS Directorate encompasses five Divisions (Astronomy, Chemistry, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences and Physics) and is the largest Directorate at NSF with an annual budget of just over $1B. He had served as founding co-Director of the Center for Computational Biology at UCLA, an NIH-funded interdisciplinary center under the NIH Roadmap initiative, until he had to relinquish that role to take the position at NSF.

He is an active member of many scientific societies, including the Society of Industrial & Applied Mathematics (where he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees), the American Mathematical Society and the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers. He has served on the editorial boards of many journals in mathematics and computing, including SIAM Review, SIAM J. Sci. Comp. and the Asian J. of Math and is one of three Editors-in-Chief of Numerisch Mathematik. He co-wrote the proposal to start a new SIAM Journal of Imaging Sciences and serves on its inaugural editorial board. He formerly served on the NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee and is a current member of the US National Committee on Mathematics, and represented the US to the 2006 General Assembly of the International Mathematics Union in Spain.

His current research interests include mathematical image processing and computer vision, VLSI physical design and computational brain mapping. He has published over 200 refereed papers and is one of the most cited mathematicians according to http://isihighlycited.com/. He has mentored over 25 PhD students and 15 postdoctoral fellows.

He has given many invited plenary talks at national and international meetings, including the 1989 SIAM National Meeting, the 2002 Joint Mathematics Meeting, the 2005 Asian Mathematics Conference, and the 2001 International Conference of Chinese Mathematicians. He has won two Best Paper awards (IEEE and ISPD). He has also served on many advisory committees, including the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and the Hausdorf Center for Math in Bonn.

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Service Award - Professor Cindy Hsing Fang

Dr. Cindy Fang is currently the Department Chair and Professor of Finance at California State University, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. degree in Finance from Arizona State University, Master degree in Public Finance from National Chengchi University, and Bachelor degree in Accounting from National Taiwan University.

Professor Fang has published numerous research articles and made research presentations in national and international Finance conferences. She has received the Best Research Paper at International Finance Award from the Southern Finance Association. One of her published article in Futures Pricing has received the best quality rating by the Anbar Electronic Intelligence. She has also received a number of grants and awards from California State University, including Excellence in Research Award, Outstanding Finance Professor Award, Faculty Development Award, and Innovative Instruction Award. She has frequently served as guest editors and reviewers for textbook publishers and numerous finance journals. She has been included in ¡§Who¡¦s Who Among American Teachers¡¨ for four years in a row.

Dr. Fang is very active in many professional organizations. She has served on program committees and student chapters committees for Financial Management Association, Eastern Finance Association, and Southern Finance Association. She is a member of the prestigious Financial Executive International and the American Investment Management and Research Institute. She has organized international academic conference, and served as program chair and proceeding editor for the Association for Chinese Management Educators. She is currently the President of the Chinese American Professional Society.

Professor Fang joined CAFA in year 1995 by the introduction of Professor Otto Chang. She has served as the Secretary and Vice President of the association for several years, and she is the CAFA President of Year 2003-04. During her tenure as the CAFA President, she initiated the CAFA academic Forum co-sponsored by the Culture Division of the Taiwan Economic and Culture Office. Since then, CAFA has offered two academic forums each year. She has also contributed a scholarship to memorize her beloved past father this year.

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